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Gateway's LEAN Simulation and Training Modules Help Businesses Improve Productivity and Quality

The Workforce Solutions Division of Gateway Community & Technical College is offering a series of LEAN instructional programs to help businesses identify ways to improve productivity and quality.

LEAN techniques have been proven to help businesses serve their customers better, more efficiently and with less waste, said Angie Taylor, vice president of Workforce Solutions. Learning to use LEAN principles produces benefits at any time, but it is particularly useful in the current period as businesses seek to do more with less.

LEAN can be used in both manufacturing and office environments. To demonstrate the benefits LEAN provides, Gateway is conducting LEAN training simulations on the first Tuesday (manufacturing) and Wednesday (office) in April, May and June.

Gateway is also offering LEAN training modules that teach participants how to implement LEAN in the workplace. Topics and dates include Module I Value Stream Mapping, March 30; Module II 5S Quality at the Source, April 20; Module III Work in Process, May 18; Module IV Kanban, Kaizen and TPM, June 15; Module V Managing to Learn, June 22 and repeated June 23; Module VI Hoshin Kanri: Sustainability, June 29 and repeated June 30.

All simulations and modules will be conducted from 8 a.m. to noon at Gateway's Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The cost is $150 per person per simulation or module.

To register, contact Regina Schadler at 859-442-1170, or For more information on LEAN training, contact Barry Wilhite at 859-442-1145, or More information on Workforce Solutions is available at